There are two things you want as a seller: to get the absolute highest price for your home and to sell it quickly.

So how do you do that?

For one, you pick the most qualified agent you can to list your property. They’ll best know how to price it, market it and stage it, and they’ll be able to get you the best deal in the shortest amount of time.

But a great agent can only take you part of the way there. You, as a seller, have to set the stage for the sale by maintaining a clean, clutter-free home, making your property available for showings on the fly and being responsive and in-touch with your agent at all times.

Want to make sure your agent has the foundation he or she needs to sell your home quickly and for top-dollar? Here are some scary mistakes you’ll want to avoid:

Being stingy with showing hours.

Buyers have to be able to see and tour your home if they’re going to make an offer, so try to keep your home as free and clear as possible so that showings can happen around the clock. You can, of course, opt to block out hours when you’re sleeping or have guests, but try to keep these times to a minimum. The more showings you have, the more bids your home will likely get.

Not cleaning up as you go.

When your home is up for sale, it’s always best to clean up messes as you go. Put your clothes in the laundry when you take them off, make your bed when you get up, and do the dishes as soon as you’re done eating. Leaving these tasks until later can be a big mistake, as showings often crop up on the fly – leaving you scrambling to tidy with a 10-minute window.

Ignoring your agent’s calls, texts or emails.

Your agent is working on your behalf, so when they need information, want to schedule a showing or need your opinion on a bid or other contract in negotiation, it’s important to respond as promptly as possible. The real estate world moves fast, and if you don’t get back to a buyer quickly enough, they could move on to another property in no time.

Neglecting the front yard.

The front of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it needs to be beautiful, well-maintained and appealing. Hire a lawn service company while your home is listed, and make sure the yard and hedges are always trim and tidy until it’s off the market. Plant some flowers to add a pop of color, and consider repainting your front door to spruce up your curb appeal a bit.

Not investing in a pro photographer.

Though your iPhone might take good photos of the family cat, it’s probably not the best option for selling your home. Remember, most potential buyers are going to look at your home on the web or in MLS listings before seeing it in person, so your photos need to really sell it. Invest in a professional who’s experienced in real estate and can show your home in the best possible light. If they can create a video tour of the property, that’s even better.

Forgetting to stage.

You don’t need to pour tons of time or resources into staging your home, but it deserves at least a little thought. De-clutter your space as much as you can, and start to clear out your personal belongings and décor. Give potential buyers a clean, tidy palette on which they can imagine their own lives.

Trying to sell the home yourself.

Being independent is great, but there are some things that should be left up to the pros – and selling a home is one of them. Not only is selling your home a huge time commitment, but it’s statistically shown to hurt your profits. According to stats from the National Association of Realtors, homes sold by their owners typically go for 13 percent less than those sold by an agent. Depending on the price of the home, that can equate to tens of thousands of dollars in losses.

Selling Your Schertz Home?

If you’re selling your home in Schertz, Cibolo, Garden Ridge or the greater San Antonio area, contact The Claus Team today. Our expert agents can help you through the selling process from start to finish. Call us now to get started.